Travel Media Showcase 2018 | Niagara Falls USA | September 11-14, 2018

Post Fam Tours

Post-Fam Tour #1

Thousand Islands

September 14th-17th (four days, three nights)

Please note: Book departures from the Syracuse airport on Monday, September 17th, no earlier than 11:00 am.
Max Number of Attendees: 6

Luxury and recreation along the 1000 Islands-Seaway Region
Start with a splash of freshwater adventure, add a dash of history, simmer in some luxury lodging and you've got a grand ol' time along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Experiences:

  • In-stream salmon fishing in the world-renowned Salmon River.
  • Classic chartered wooden boat cruises among the famed 1000 Islands with stops at real-life castles and island lighthouses.
  • Craft beverage stops
  • Gourmet dining

Lodging:
Four Diamond AAA boutique waterfront hotel. Luxurious upscale lodge-style hotel with private fishing access on world-famous Salmon River.

Targeting four days total, three nights. Vans will transport attendees to area and then back to Syracuse airport.

Post-Fam Tour #2

Cattaraugus County

Friday, Sept. 14 - Sunday, Sept. 16

Friday, Sept. 14th:

Cattaraugus County Tourism will pick up writers from Travel Media Showcase in Niagara Falls at 11:00am.

Writers will get be guided through NY's Amish Trail, stopping at The Toy Shop, The Iron Shop, Melinda's Candy Shop, and several quilt shops. Quick bit to eat when needed at area restaurant as needed. Dinner will be enjoyed at The Seneca Allegany Casino at 6pm, where writers will have free time afterwards to explore the Casino, hit the slots, view the Event Center, and see live performance at the River Bar.

Saturday, Sept. 15th:

Visit the newly-opened (as of August 1st) Seneca Nation Cultural Center starting at 11am, delivery via the Casino's Shuttle Bus.

Info on the Cultural Center:
For over forty years the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum has showcased both permanent and temporary exhibits that introduce visitors to the culture and history of the Onöndowa'ga:' and Hodinöhšyönih, including longhouse and clan animal exhibits. The museum is currently located at 814 Broad Street, Salamanca, NY 14779, but the Museum is working on building a new home! The Seneca Nation Cultural Center is opening on August 1, 2018. The new Cultural Center will house not only the Museum and its archives, but also a 3D printing lab, green screens, classrooms, an Indian Marketplace, gift shop, and café. Warmer months promise even more fun, with an amphitheater, working artists, a longhouse exhibit that you can stay in, and a walkable wetland Medicine Garden. This impressive new space will be visible from I-86 and opposite the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino. In fact, over 200 rooms at the Resort will have an amazing view of the impressive design and architecture of the Cultural Center. The Museum will offer spring and fall lecture series, host live entertainment throughout the summer, offer day camps for kids on school breaks, and display over 85,000 artifacts. The café will feature traditional Native American foods like corn wheels. Tours can be arranged for small or large groups, who will enjoy access to WiFi, ample parking, and restroom access.

Writers will start off having lunch at the Seneca Cultural Center Café, which will include traditional Native foods including Corn Soup, Corn Wheels, strawberry drink, sassafras tea, and more. Explanation of the importance of these foods to Seneca Culture, as well as how they relate to the Seneca Creation Story and History will be given.

Writers will be guided through the Cultural Center, with tour Guide, Dave George-Shongo, Director of the Cultural Center. The Back to School Celebration is taking place and vendors, as well as special events will be taking place including a Fashion Show at the outdoor Amphitheater of traditional Native dress. Conclude with Dinner at the Casino and time to explore the Casino and night life. Suggest to see the live performance the River Bar will have on that night.

Sunday, Sept. 16th:

Writers will be picked up from Seneca Allegany Casino at approximately 11am to head over to the Ellicottville Brewing Company in Ellicottville for lunch. Walk around the Village of Ellicottville which has many eclectic shops and restaurants (time here will depend on when flight out is scheduled). This weekend is also Ellicottville's Rock N Roll Weekend and the Car Show will be taking place from 12pm-5pm.

Info on the Ellicottville Rock N Roll Weekend:
Don't miss this fun-filled Rock N Roll Weekend, presented by Northtown Auto that kicks off Friday, September 14th, 2018 in the evening with lots of live entertainment in all of the local hot spots. The fun continues Saturday the 15th as you enjoy Ellicottville's eclectic shops and outstanding restaurants and more performances by regional musicians throughout the Village. Then, on Sunday, the show everyone loves to enjoy is back for its 19th year... the Classic Car Show set up on Ellicottville's main street September 16th from 12-5 pm. Ellicottville is proud to showcase your cars, trucks, and rods all set up in class order to be judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards in each class. Return writers to the Buffalo Niagara Airport as needed.

Post-Fam Tour #3

Distinctly Dutchess

September 14th-17th

It may be unexpected, but it's Distinctly Dutchess: "Trail to Table" tour Combine soft adventure and tours of cultural landmarks with indigenous food experiences. Our "Trail to Table" tour features activities showcasing the best of Dutchess County's natural scenic beauty, from strolling charming villages such as Rhinebeck and Millbrook, to fine dining in their restaurants. Follow the Dutchess Craft Beverage trail, from award-winning vineyards to newer distilleries and craft brewpubs. Ramble on the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge, Walkway Over the Hudson, 212 feet above a scenic American Heritage river. Learn trap shooting at Orvis Sandanona, our nation's oldest shooting grounds. Discover our heritage at America's first Presidential Library and Museum, the inspiration of our 32nd president Franklin D. Roosevelt. Tour his boyhood home Springwood, and his and Eleanor's rose garden gravesites. Explore the Gilded Age mansion and formal gardens of industrialist Frederick Vanderbilt nearby. Immerse yourself in modern art from visionaries such as Richard Serra at Dia:Beacon.

Travel writers will experience the authentic flavors of the Hudson Valley by stopping at Fishkill Farms market and cidery, visiting artisanal food producers, tasting cheese at Sprout Creek Farm, and sampling the world's purest maple syrup at Crown Maple Estate. Learn how to earn a college degree in culinary or baking and pastry arts, and then dine at the world's premier cooking school, The Culinary Institute of America. It's a delicious new way to make authentic connections with our distinctly Dutchess destination.

With the inventive "Trail to Table" tours, activities let you step into some of the world's most iconic landscapes, while food and drink pairings keep mouths watering as you delve into what we enjoy eating. It's a feast for the body and the mind! www.dutchesstourism.com